Common Roof Problems

Common Roof Problems

If you are currently experiencing roof problems, you certainly aren’t alone. Roofs can experience their own set of issues and while in some cases you may have to replace the entire roof, in most cases simple repairs will breathe new life into your roof. Here are some of the most common roofing problems that we run across in our business:

  • Missing or damaged shingles
  • Weathering issues
  • Skylights not installed properly
  • Damage due to tree branches overhanging the roof
  • Exposed nails
  • Loose flashing
  • Gutter problems
  • Ponding water
  • Blistering and shrinkage
  • Dry rot
  • Corrosion and loose joints in metal roofing

Faulty Installation

A lot of the problems that we see are due to faulty roof installations. If an experienced roofer did not do a proper job on the roof in the beginning, it can lead to a lot of issues down the road. Even something as simple as not hammering in a nail completely can lead to leaks. A roof repair or an entire installation needs to be handled by an experienced roofing company with a solid background and reputation behind it. A roof should never be attempted by a handyman or somebody that is just starting out in the roofing industry without a lot of experience.

Flashing Problems

Flashing is installed around your skylights, vent pipes, cooling and heating systems and chimneys. If it’s not secured properly there will be open seams to deal with and shingles could potentially blow off.

Puncture Problems

Inclement weather can cause a range of problems including penetrations and punctures in the roofing material. Severe hail storms can damage a roof and a heavy wind can knock limbs and branches off of trees sitting in the path of your roof.

A Shrinking Roof

If the membrane of your roof shrinks it can lead to splitting, blistering and cracks forming in your shingles. All of these symptoms can lead to a roof leakage.

Critters

If you have any type of hole in your roof line or in the roof, you can bet that a critter will attempt to call it home. Once in, these animals can cause a lot more damage and you’ll have to pay big bucks to get them removed unless you block up the hole yourself.

Blocking off a hole with an animal inside it’s never a good idea. The animal will feel trapped and will wreak havoc inside your home and cause a lot of damage. For animal lovers, it will also mean the demise of the animal and perhaps small babies that never had a chance to bloom.

Before small problems become big ones, get your roof inspected. A lot of the roofing issues that we see are due to aging of the roof and to severe weather conditions. While these are the most common problems, there are many other roofing situations that require an immediate handling to prevent more severe issues from forming in the future.

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